The Woodlands Roofing: Article About Asphalt Shingles
A home's roof is an essential component that provides protection from the heat, wind and all forms of precipitation. While it may look like the roof just sits on top of the house inert, the entire roofing system is working hard day and night to provide comfort and protection to the residence and its occupants. Experienced roofers from one of The Woodlands roofing companies can help homeowners to identify signs of failure so that repairs or replacements can be made before any significant structural or cosmetic damage takes place.
One of the earliest signs that a roof needs to be replaced is when a large number of the asphalt shingles have curled, warped or lifted up from their correct positions. Movement of the shingles may be due to fastener failure, exposure to heavy winds, moisture infiltration or an improper installation. Rather than walking across the roof to check out the shingles, homeowners can stand on the ground and use a pair of binoculars to get a good view while staying safe.
Another way that a homeowner can detect the early signs of a roof failure is to climb up into the attic space.
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The best time to do this is on a cloudy day so that the attic is not as hot. Accessing the attic soon after a heavy rain is ideal, as this gives the property owner a chance to check for tiny leaks. Signs of a leaking roof include water stains, mold growth, mildew, musty smells, damp insulation and warping of the roof's trusses, joists or beams.
While in the attic, the homeowner can also check for leaks around the roof's numerous vent openings and areas where the roof intersects with other features of the home, such as a chimney. The opening around a stack vent, box vent or furnace flue may begin to leak due to missing or damaged flashing. With the attic lights off, a homeowner can detect these problems by noticing whether or not light from the outside is shining into the attic. If there are beams of light coming through the attic ceilings, a professional roofing service should be called.
One last way to check for potential roof failure is in the home's rain gutters. A damaging storm or typical wear and tear of an aging roof may cause the protective granules covering the asphalt shingles to loosen and fall off. The granules then collect in the gutters. More than a handful of granules in the gutters suggests that the shingles may need to be replaced soon.